Good morning, my friends!
That means it’s writing fun-day!
Grab a pen
and come join in!
We’ll all be published one-day! 😊
I made up that song just for you! You can sing it to “It’s raining, it’s pouring!” hehehe 😊 It can be like our fight song 😊 Rah! Rah! Rah!
Now let’s jump in to Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Week 6!
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini is a 7 week writing challenge for anyone who needs a little boost or a little encouragement to get writing. . . or maybe just a little fun during this bizarre stay-at-home spring!
You get to write your own story, enjoy and be entertained by everyone else’s stories, and get yourself in the running for some awesome prizes (please see the end of the blog post for a list of all the prize goodies!)
To be eligible for the prize drawing you must enter all 7 weeks.
For a full description of the challenge or to add your Week #1 entry, please go HERE (Week #1)
To add your Week #2 entry, please go HERE (Week #2)
To add your Week #3 entry, please go HERE (Week #3)
To add your Week #4 entry, please go HERE (Week #4)
To add your Week #5 entry, please go HERE (Week #5)
Mix ‘n’ Match Mini Writing Prompt #6 for Week of June 15:
So far we’ve played with characters, setting, and emotion (or a combination, depending on where your random choosing landed you), with nursery rhymes and point of view, with a picture prompt, fun names, and a plot point, with fairy tales taking place in a new setting, and with “How To” 😊 This week we’re going to get right into the young child mindset! Behavior and choices tell us a lot about personality and character!
I (or Name) only/always eat __________!
(first or third person, present or past tense – either is fine)
I (or Name) never eat __________!
(first or third person, present or past tense – either is fine)
and choose a Simile from Column A, a Food from Column B, and/or a position from Column C to fill in the blank!
|Column A – simile||Column B – food||Column C – position|
|Like a pig||Peanut butter (or nut-free alternative 😊)||Upside down|
|Like a bird||Things that are orange||On the floor|
|Like a horse||Things that are square||In his/her treehouse|
So your story might begin:
I always eat in my treehouse!
Dumpling never ate like a pig!
Zoe only ate things that were orange, and she only ate them on the floor!
- Stories can rhyme or not – totally up to you!
- You can go under or over 100 words if you want to – also totally up to you! – 100 is a guideline
- If you’re deeply inspired by another simile, food, or position that is not on the list you can use that instead – as long as you write a story as outlined above – the purpose here is inspiration and to get you writing!
- For simplicity’s sake (and to aid skimming readers who might be interested in a particular thing) please be sure to put the simile, food, and/or position you chose at the top of your entry along with your name and word count.
Here is my little just for fun sample 😊
Just Like Mom (27 words – can you believe it? from ME?!)
position – upside down
Smidge always ate upside down.
A choice that made other folks frown.
But his mom only smiled
At her bottoms-up child.
“Monkey see, monkey do,” she’d expound!
Okay 😊 I took a few liberties using “expound”! 😊 I’d better leave the limericks to Marty, who has done one every week of the challenge so far!
Now come join the fun! Get some writing done! Encourage your kids (or students) to give it a try! Or just have a good time together reading what other folks have written!
Ready, set, WRITE! 😊
(And remember, for full details on the 7 week challenge you can check HERE)
(And if you need to motivate yourself scroll down to see all the amazing prizes you could win!!! 😊)
Check out the Week #6 stories!
(apologies for the delays in updating this week – family situation)
I Only Eat Like A Llama – Jamie Bechtelheimer (only, like a llama)
Marigold Eats Orange – Candice Marley Conner (only, things that are orange)
Eating With Gigi – Dawn Young (only, things that begin with P, treehouse)
Neater Eater – Cupcake The Dog (never, like a pig)
Polly’s Peanut Butter Passion – Patricia Nozell (only, peanut butter)
Drip Drop Plop – Brenda Whitehead (only, way up high, on the floor)
Doodle Dot – Cindy Boyll (like Minnie Mouse, dots, everywhere)
Charlie’s Cheesy Choices – Deb Buschman (like a cow, cheese, in the barn)
Lulu – Rose Cappelli (always, foods that begin with L)
Untitled – Colleen Murphy (never, in the stable)
Penny Never Ate Upside Down – Barbara Renner (never, upside down)
Geometric Eating – Deb Sullivan (only, foods that are square)
Ralphie Eats Like A Bird On The Floor – Ashley Congdon (always, like a bird, on the floor)
I Do NOT Eat Like A Bird – Sue Lancaster (like a bird, in my treehouse)
Annabelle Always Eats Chips – Susan Inez (always, like a pig, upside down, treehouse)
King Frederick The Square – Matthew Lasley (only, foods that are square)
Like A Bird – Dot Anson (only, foods that start with C, like a bird)
Limerick For Week 6 – Marty (only, foods that are square)
Milo Slurps – Sarah Meade (only, through a straw)
Stop And Roll – Linda Schueler (foods that are square)
There Was A Young Lass – Jill Lambert (never, like a pig, orange, upside down)
A Bird Like Petunia – Michelle S. Kennedy (always, like a bird, seeds, on the floor)
Untitled – Kay DiVerde (like a bunny, things that are orange, on the floor)
Meredith, Meal Time Scientist – Sara Ackerman (always, like a scientist)
Untitled – Shariffa Keshavjee (always, like a bird)
Seafood Diet? – Rebecca Gardyn Levington (only, seafood)
I Only Ever Eat Things Beginning With C – Tracy (only, things beginning with C)
I Always Eat Summer – Kristy Roser Nuttall (always, summer)
Follow The Rules! – Penny Adler (never, like a pig)
Henrietta – Susan Schipper (like a bird, things that are round, upside down)
You Are Invited – Di Litwer (pig, orange things, treehouse)
Jim? JIM! – Jess Murray (always, like a bird)
Afternoon Snack – Mia Geiger (eat, bird)
Jay The Bird Boy – Lauri Meyers (like a bird)
Untitled – Heather Hatch (only, peanut butter)
PRIZES & PRIZES OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES!
When it comes time for prizes, names of all those who completed the challenge will be drawn randomly and matched with prizes drawn randomly until we run out! 😊
Please join me in thanking these very generous authors and other writing professionals for contributing their books and writing expertise as prizes by visiting their websites and blogs, considering their books and services for gift purchases, rating and/or reviewing their books on GoodReads, Amazon, B&N, or anywhere else if you like them, suggesting them for school visits, and supporting them in any other way you can dream up! 😊
Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Kirstine Erekson Call, author of THE RAINDROP WHO COULDN’T FALL (Character Publishing 2013) and the forthcoming MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD (Little Bee Books, September 2020), COW SAYS MEOW (HMH March 2021), and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown Spring 2021)
Picture Book Manuscript Critique from Lindsay Hanson Metcalf, author of BEATRIX POTTER, SCIENTIST (September 2020), FARMERS UNITE!: PLANTING A PROTEST FOR FAIR PRICES (Calkins Creek November 2020), and NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY (Charlesbridge September 2020)
Your choice of EITHER a Picture Book Manuscript Critique or a Virtual Visit with Keila Dawson, author of THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican 2015), and NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY (Charlesbridge September 2020)
Winner’s Choice of Webinar from the amazing Alayne Kay Christian, author of picture books Butterfly Kisses, An Old Man And His Penguin, and the forthcoming The Weed That Woke Christmas and the chapter book series of Sienna The Cowgirl Fairy, and editor at Blue Whale Press! Webinar choices include: How A Picture Book Is Made, Perfecting Your Critique, Top Ten Reasons For Rejection, and How To Write Powerful First Pages Like A Pro!
15 Minute Video Chat – ask your questions about writing, research, submissions – whatever’s on your mind! – with Christy Mihaly, author of DIET FOR A CHANGING PLANET: Food for Thought(Twenty-first Century Books/Lerner 2018), HEY, HEY, HAY!
A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them (Holiday House 2018) , and FREE FOR YOU AND ME: What Our First Amendment Means (Albert Whitman March 2020)
Quick Impressions on your Picture Book Manuscript from Rosie Pova, author of IF I WEREN’T WITH YOU (Spork 2017), SARAH’S SONG (Spork 2017), the forthcoming SUNDAY RAIN (Lantana Publishing March 2021) and others.
Your Choice of EITHER A Picture Book Manuscript Critique (fiction, non-rhyming) or an Ask Anything 15 Minute Video or Phone Chat with Tara Luebbe, author of SHARK NATE-O,(Little Bee Books 2018), I AM FAMOUS ( Albert Whitman 2018), I USED TO BE FAMOUS (Albert Whitman 2019), OPERATION PHOTOBOMB (Albert Whitman 2019), and RONAN THE LIBRARIAN (Roaring Brook Press 2020) (see above)
is offering 6 of her nonfiction middle grade titles which will go to 6 lucky winners!
Ann Whitford Paul, author of Writing Picture Books (being donated by Becky Scharnhorst below), the book we ALL use as our picture book bible 😊, and countless wonderful picture books, is offering signed copies of her IF ANIMALS… Series (Farrar Straus Giroux):
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A hand lettered quote of someone’s choice from a picture book, or a quote about reading or writing that could be framed as a gift for a child’s bedroom, a writer you know and love, or an inspiration for writing in your own work space (why shouldn’t you give yourself a present?!) offered by Kristy Roser Nuttall! (Samples below – you can choose your own quote!)
Making Picture Book Magic – Self Study Class any month (x3)
The Nuts & Bolts Guide To Writing Picture Books by Linda Ashman (only available for Kindle) (x2)
Magnetic Poetry – Little Box of Happiness
The Story Book Knight by Helen Docherty
This Book Is Gray by Lindsay Ward
Writing Journal (x10)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman